Provost, Wingate University

INSTITUTION:

Wingate, a comprehensive, independent, and growing university in North Carolina, serves more than 3,600 students. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors as well as graduate and professional programs. Wingate is home to the Cannon College of Arts and Sciences, the Levine College of Health Sciences, the Byrum School of Business, the Thayer School of Education, and the School of Sport Sciences. Wingate blends in-class exploration with out-of-class application to deliver an uncommon and life-changing educational experience. Nearly one-in-five Wingate undergraduate students is preparing to be a pharmacist, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or nurse, and 70 percent of graduate students are enrolled in health sciences. Wingate offers six master’s degree programs and four doctoral degree programs. Students are supported by more than 325 endowed scholarships. The University’s motto is “Faith, Knowledge, Service.”

The original campus is located in Wingate, NC, and two additional campuses are located in the Ballantyne neighborhood of Charlotte and Hendersonville, NC.

The University has a proud tradition of providing an excellent education to its students through active learning opportunities including personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery, faith development and community service. Wingate is consistently named as a top-ten “Best Value in the South” by U.S. News and World Report. As a result, the University has experienced rapid growth in enrollment over the past five years.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student-athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award each year for the past 11 years. Since 2000, Wingate ranks at the top echelon in NCAA Division II, and first among all North Carolina colleges and universities, with 99 Academic All-America selections, and is tops among all SAC schools with 108 lifetime honorees.

Wingate has also been recognized for its exceptional environment for its approximately 830 employees. The University was named a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2016 and a Top Workplace for 2015 by the Charlotte Observer.

For additional information, please visit the Wingate University website: www.wingate.edu.

REPORTS/RELATIONSHIPS:

The Provost reports to the President and serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the University, a member of the President’s Cabinet and Senior Leadership Team, and as a visionary strategic partner with the President. Other positions reporting to the President include: Senior Vice President and COO/CFO; Senior Vice President for External Relations; and Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Special Assistant to the President.

Positions reporting to the Provost include: Vice Provost for Student Engagement; Vice Provost College of Professional Studies; Vice Provost College of Health Sciences; Vice Provost and Dean of Faculty; Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; Dean of the Business School; Dean of General Education; Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research; and an Executive Assistant. In addition to the academic disciplines, included in the Provost’s functional areas of oversight/responsibility are: accreditation compliance, institutional effectiveness and assessment, student engagement and advising, the Office of the Registrar, and the library. There are over 400 full-time employees in the disciplines/functions supervised by the Provost, including approximately 207 full-time faculty, 20 visiting faculty, and 182 adjunct faculty.

In addition to those listed above, the Provost will work closely with, and/or communicate regularly with, a variety of internal and external stakeholders including, but not limited to: Board of Trustees; accrediting agencies; government officials; and community representatives.

BASIC FUNCTIONS:

The primary duty of the Provost is to serve as the Chief Academic Officer of the University with responsibility for planning, development, implementation, coordination, review, and administration of all academic programs and support services. The Provost is also the ranking university officer who acts in the absence of the President.

As the Chief Academic Officer, the Provost provides leadership that ensures a current, relevant, and academically excellent curriculum that is consistent with the University’s mission and strategic plan; leads the recruiting, development, and evaluation of the faculty and staff within the academic function; develops short-term and long-term plans consistent with the mission and strategic plan of the University; manages the academic functions within a fiscally responsible budget; represents the faculty and appropriate staff to all constituencies, including the Board of Trustees, administration, students, alumni, and the public; and promotes the University to all constituencies, both internal and external.

Additional specific duties will/may include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Lead and manage all undergraduate and graduate academic affairs, including academic programs offered at two satellite campuses. Provide leadership in academic planning, curricular excellence, outstanding teaching, research, and service to support continued growth in enrollment, retention, and student success.
  • Represent the faculty, and academic and student life programs, to the University’s Board of Trustees and all other pertinent stakeholders.
  • Direct/oversee the recruitment, development, and retention of high-quality faculty and academic staff, including Vice Provosts/Deans for the colleges and schools; coordinate with the Vice Provosts/Deans to recruit, develop, and appoint Department Chairs and other leadership within the academic function.
  • Develop and support shared governance and consensus building with the faculty.
  • Direct the annual performance evaluation processes for full-time faculty and academic staff.
  • Cultivate programs to enhance the learning experience through classroom teaching and other curricular and/or co-curricular modes.
  • Develop programs to support faculty and student scholarship; initiate and support professional development and research opportunities for faculty and students.
  • Coordinate the solicitation of external funding in support of academic programs.
  • Generate and implement a responsible budget for the academic functions; develop initiatives to enhance revenue streams.
  • Maintain an up-to-date Faculty Handbook.
  • Serve as the key liaison with SACS or other accreditation organizations.
  • Represent the University in any discussions of academic collaboration with other colleges, universities, or academic organizations.
  • Remain current on trends in higher education through conferences, meetings, and publications.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Record of distinguished and progressively responsible academic administrative experience in higher education; experience as an academic dean, or significant academic administrative experience, preferably at a comprehensive regional and/or national, accredited institution.
  • A distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and service appropriate for appointment to the rank of Professor.
  • Track record of academic leadership that demonstrates a commitment to innovation and strategic growth through exemplary teaching, research, scholarship, academic planning and implementation, program development, and enhanced student engagement and success; experience building and/or supporting post-baccalaureate and Masters programs.
  • Effective leadership skills that: serve to empower, support, and partner with diverse colleagues and stakeholders; recruit, develop, and retain superior faculty and staff; encompass a strong work ethic and an ability to prioritize work to advance multiple projects at once; foster adaptability to adjust plans as circumstances change in the University’s growth environment.
  • Experience with enrollment management initiatives, enrollment growth, and the ability to coordinate academic program plans with outreach and enrollment service efforts.
  • Demonstrated confidence and comfort working in a collaborative and entrepreneurial culture committed to the principles of shared governance.
  • Strong and effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills to support engagement with both academic and non-academic constituencies; demonstrated understanding of the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service, and institutional excellence.
  • Good financial management skills with the ability to make strategic budget decisions within a limited resource environment.
  • Understanding and familiarity with current trends in higher education, particularly related to independent, comprehensive universities with an academic core in the liberal arts as well as health sciences and other professional programs; experience with multiple campuses and distance education is a plus.
  • Expertise with professional program-level accreditation processes and with institutional-level regional accreditation requirements [e.g., Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) or other regional accrediting bodies.]
  • An earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree.

COMPENSATION:

Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary, benefits, and relocation assistance.

Wingate University abides by all federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination solely on the basis of a person’s race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age (over 40), sex, marital status or physical handicap, except where a reasonable, bona fide occupational qualification exists. Wingate University is committed to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Wingate University expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information please use the contact information below. To apply, submit a resume and/or vita and cover letter to:

Coleman Lew Canny Bowen
6101 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28209
Ken Carrick, President
Janny DeLoache, Consultant
704.377.0362